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Abstemious

Abste′mious

according to Fabius and Aulus Gellius, is compounded of abs and temetum. “Temetum” was a strong, intoxicating drink, allied to the Greek methu (strong drink).

“Vinum prisca lingua temetum appellabant.”

Aulus Gellius, x. 23.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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